A collection of items for strategists and problems-solvers who aim to be well-informed about global affairs and perspectives; capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; and who are interested in expressing clearly reasoned opinions and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display.
A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to attend and present at MILOfest, a yearly conference for professionals who use Macs in Law Offices (MILO). It was an awesome experience, and if anyone reading this is interested in using Macs in the field of law I strongly encourage you to check out the MILO Google Group and consider attending the conference in October of 2014.
This year at MILOfest I was asked to present as session on Evernote, specifically, how I used Evernote to manage both my work and personal life. It seems a lot of people have trouble getting started with Evernote because the program can do so many things. I’m always asked to offer tips on how people can use Evernote more effectively so I put together this list of my current top 10.
Worldview Stanford is an innovative Stanford University initiative that creates learning experiences for professionals to help them get smarter about the issues and dynamics shaping the future.
Worldview Stanford builds on the university's leadership in interdisciplinary inquiry and online learning to tackle complex topics.
By combining flexible, online content with an immersive, Stanford-based experience, decision makers get the frameworks, content, commentary and updates they need to inform their strategic decisions.
Worldview Stanford's inaugural offering, The Science of Decision Making, examines how the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, business, engineering and other fields enhances our understanding of human decision making.
there have been a number of alliances between corporations and universities seeking to prepare students — and managers — to better utilize data in decision-making. n his research on data-based decision making, Fouladkar defines three key attributes that distinguish smart data from other forms of data. To be smart, data must be:
Accurate – data must be what it says it is with enough precision to drive value. Data quality matters.
Actionable – data must drive an immediate scalable action in a way that maximizes a business objective like media reach across platforms. Scalable action matters.
Agile – data must be available in real-time and ready to adapt to the changing business environment. Flexibility matters
Librarians and archivists are intimately involved in scholarly communication systems, both as information providers and instructors. However, very little is known regarding their activities as scholars. This study seeks to examine the scholarly communication practices of librarians and archivists, the role that tenure plays in scholarly communication practices, and the degree to which institutional support is provided in librarians’ efforts to consume and disseminate research and reports of best practices. A questionnaire was sent to professional librarians and archivists at 91 ARL institutions. The responses demonstrate that ARL librarians and archivists are avid consumers and creators of scholarship, and they use emerging technologies to stay up-to-date on the profession’s latest research.
"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.
A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:
The recent MathSight whitepaper on deconstructing the Google Penguin 2.0 algorithm is a good read but it is also quite lengthy.
And it does explain how Google Penguin 2.0 was reverse engineered to a 95% confidence level.
"However, I thought the dear reader would benefit for a very brief version of the whitepaper as to what in essence happened, which shows the steps taken which could applied to any static search engine algorithm..."
The main finding was that Penguin 2.0 targeted Dale Chall readability related metrics so the number of rare words in the body text.
There is a logical backward fitting sense to this as having higher readability scores i.e. content that is intellectual is more likely to be written by an expert as opposed to content being written by a non expert.
Content of substance is likely to have had a lot of research put into the writing and thus is bound to contain jargon not commonly found in the top 3,000 words in common usage.
Much like an academic paper – perhaps Google has gone full circle?
"My post on “What did Einstein know about KM” last week seemed to go down well, so I have continued my search for KM musings from great figures.
This week, we’ll hear from the Leonardo Da Vinci. It wasn’t until I read Gelb’s ambitiously titled book “How to think like Leonardo do Vinci” that I appreciated just how multi-talented he was. Painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer and no mean athlete - you name it, he could do it. Curious then that one of his quotations (one of the few which I disagree with) states “As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.“. I guess you can make yourself an exception when you’re the archetypal Renaissance Man Polymath. I wonder what he would have made of the ubiquitous availability of information and possibilities which we enjoy today?
So my curated top-ten quotes from Da Vinci will take us on a journey through different facets of KM: from knowledge acquisition, the way our perceptions filter knowledge, the superiority of expertise over opinions, the power of learning, seeing and making connections, the challenge and value of expressing knowledge simply and the criticality of seeing knowledge applied."
As the sale of eBook readers rise many people assume the library is dying -- that it has no place in our device obsessed future world. But librarians are re-inventing what a library is and sometimes removing it from the big building full of books. Future libraries will be portable and located where researchers need them. Traditional library buildings will house new items for check out, like tools, cake pans or even people.
Lis is a strong advocate for libraries and has spoken at local events about the ways libraries will remain relevant in a paper-less future. She earned her MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2010 and now works for EBSCO Publishing, a provider of online databases for libraries, as a usability researcher and user interface analyst."
Interview: Peter Singer on cybersecurity and cyberwar The Interpreter To put it another way, cybersecurity and cyberwar has shifted from a 'good to know' area into one we all now need to know more about, whether working in politics, business,...
Slidedocs help you spread your smart thinking by combining visual communications with short chunks of written copy. Their scannable nature makes them great pre-read, reference, and leave-behind materials. Their modularity makes it easy for people to incorporate your ideas into their own communications. And these features together make slidedocs the perfect companion to both written documents and presentations.
ITProPortal CIOs Rank Analytics As Top Strategic Priority Wall Street Journal (blog) SAN DIEGO — CIOs say that using business intelligence and analytics to mine more value from data will be their top strategic priority this year.
Examining how strategies are created, implemented, and executed is a relatively recent practice. In this video interview, McKinsey’s Chris Bradley and Angus Dawson explain how strategic thought has evolved and where it is headed.
Why do we have public libraries? Many of today's librarians like to talk about themselves as "information brokers" or "knowledge facilitators."
We talk about our skill in finding and organizing information. And sure, we’ve got those skills.
But what we really do is support literacy. This is our deeper mission.
Our patrons need help with every level of technology literacy. From those who come in who don’t know how to use a mouse, to those who’re interested in building a computer from scratch, the library could provide a wide range of resources for a wide diversity of people. We can help our community to practice and perfect our skill in understanding, using, and appreciating technology and digital content.
We’re kind-of getting there. We’ve got computers and the free internet for our patrons. We’re doing some classes and programs to help people develop their skills. And then of course we’ve got the maker movement.
It is in this context, of expanded literacy, that the maker fad starts to become something more important. Maker Spaces are totally hot right now. Everybody wants a 3D printer.
We’re in a bubble of bandwagonism. But after this settles down, I think we’ll be in a better place. It will be more accepted to support digital literacy, from helping patrons understand where the url bar is to helping patrons understand how to build an app, wire a circuit, or repair their PC. We won’t be so rabid about it, but we’ll have the foundations in place to really get down to work."